About this Website
One afternoon early in 2003, I had lunch in Washington, DC, with my friend Michael, who owns a story-based marketing company called Thirsty Fish. He does not dance tango, but had dropped by one of my milongas (tango parties) the night before, at which I had been playing alternate sets of traditional tango and sets of non-Argentine songs.
When Michael asked me about the music, I explained that many dancers around the world liked to dance tango to "alternative music" and that they had in fact been doing so since the 1980s, when the recent "tango renaissance" began. I told him that I thought this was a significant part of the global expansion of the art form. He encouraged me to write about it, and as we started brainstorming adjectives that conveyed the spirit of renaissance and modernization, the phrase "neo tango" emerged.
I spent some time researching neo tango and found no reference to such a phrase. A few weeks later I created this website to share non-traditional songs with whomever wanted them, hoping to spark more exchanging of music amongst dancers everywhere. I wrote an article titled "The Rise of Neo Tango Music" and created an interactive forum (no longer online) where others could contribute songs. Soon, I began to recieve email from dancers around the world who were also playing alternative songs or were running alternative milongas, the forum grew, and my own DJ list doubled and tripled in size.
For me, neo tango does not refer to any particular tango steps or movements. Rather, it describes the time period that we are living in, in which tango nuevo, electronic tango, tangos from other countries, world music, and pop music are all influencing the development of the art form known worldwide as tango. Neo tango, for me, is a work in progress, a sense of expansion in what can be expressed through the intimacy of the tango.